The Arboretti Family Saga - Book One
Author: Michele Jaffe
Publisher: Diversion Books
The midnight shadows of Renaissance Venice conceal intrigue, romance...and murder. "Combines historical context with lush sensuality and nuanced wit." — Publisher's Weekly Bianca Salva's love of science has led her to defy the conventions of her day and illicitly practice medicine among the poor of Venice. She's managed to keep her pass time a secret—until she is discovered over the lifeless body of a young courtesan, by the last person she'd ever want to see. Ian Foscari, Conte d'Aosto, is known for being rich, handsome...and heartless. Finding Bianca over the dead body, he concludes she's the murderer. Yet for reasons he cannot explain, her protests move him. He offers to give her one week to prove her innocence, but she'll have to move into his house and be his prisoner. Her other option: the authorities and certain death. Bianca has no choice but to agree to his maddening terms. She's furious at having to cede her hard won freedom, and unprepared for the effect of his presence on her, for the longings he awakes in parts of her body she's only studied in books. As Bianca struggles to focus on finding the killer, Ian fights his own battle between the undeniable attraction he feels for her and the painful scars of his past. When their mutual attraction blazes to life, they are both dazzled by it's force. Passion burns through their reserves, teaching them both to trust again. Love again. But this fragile alliance is soon tested. Lured into a web of scheming and betrayal, Bianca and Ian find themselves in a race against the clock to save their lives, their hearts, and the city of Venice itself. "Jaffe...develops a sensual, exciting, and amusing tale, richly embellished with details of Renaissance life." — Library Journal "Jaffe's characters are intriguing, and the plot's many twists and turns are wonderfully entertaining." — Booklist
Author: Miguel Conner
After living in the shadows for centuries vampires have finally gained dominance over the Earth by instigating a nuclear holocaust that has blotted out the sun. Humans are now treated as animals, kept in concentration camp-like farms. Byron, the Moon Queen's favorite "creation", is assigned the task of stopping an insurrection at one of the human farms. But while investigating a religious cult among the humans, he begins to question his own reality. As he digs deeper for the truth, he becomes a renegade outcast among his own--and humanity's last chance for salvation.Five hundred years ago the Stargazers, let by their immortal Moon Queen, sparked global nuclear war, blotted out the sun, conquered the world, and rewrote history. Now humans are cattle whose blood feeds the master race, the glorious rulers of high-tech cities.And no one calls Stargazers by their true name. Vampires.Yet some impulse is stirring in the slave farms, an echo of a forgotten pride. Byron, a rebellious young Stargazer, is assigned to investigate the 'Warm One's--in other words, destroy any threat. But when a beautiful human shaman shows him unbelievable truths about his past, his origin, and his destiny, a vampire will discover that his immortal enemy is his living Goddess, The Moon Queen.
The Life and Times of the Telescope
Author: Fred Watson
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
The telescope is literally the world's most far-reaching invention. It can unlock nature's secrets in the remotest corners of the universe. It is a time machine, allowing us to look billions of years into the past for answers to some of our most profound questions. In its 400-year history, the telescope has progressed from a crudely fashioned tube holding a couple of spectacle lenses to colossal structures housed in space-age cathedrals. The history of the telescope is a rich story of ingenuity and perseverance involving some of the most colourful figures of the scientific world. It begins in ancient times, gathers momentum through the Renaissance, with the first recorded telescope bursting onto the scene in the middle of a diplomatic crisis in seventeenth century Holland, and takes us to the limits of space with the cutting-edge telescopes of today. Written by Fred Watson, one of Australia's best-loved astronomers, Stargazer brings the story of the telescope to a general readership for the first time.
Author: Bob Hush
The author’s fascination with robotics takes us on a journey to a strange planet called Sonar. A planet filled with human like creatures and rituals performed by its inhabitants. Little did anyone expect to find that Abigail’s journey would eventually open the door to earth’s past and its relationship with a race of beings called the Saylon. Following the unsuccessful invasion of Sonar by the Earth Alliance in the year 2081, it would take almost one hundred years to pass before both sides would embrace each other in brotherhood. Unfortunately, not everyone on earth was eager to greet the Stargazer colonies as their equal. People that still felt that human form androids were the servants of the devil. In the end, the signing of the treaty between the two worlds would forever change the meaning of the word humanity.
Author: Michael Jan Friedman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Long before he took command of the Starship Enterprise™, Captain Jean-Luc Picard led another proud vessel through the uncharted regions of the galaxy: the U.S.S. Stargazer. Thrust unexpectedly into the center seat, the twenty-eight-year-old Picard must live up to the challenges of starship command—and a crew that hasn't yet learned to trust him The pirate known as the White Wolf has been wreaking havoc across several sectors, and the inexperienced Picard has been given the assignment to stop him. Surprised at getting such a challenge, Picard soon learns that he is expected to fail in his duty and have his captaincy disgraced before it can even begin. Given an untested crew and an impossible mission, Picard must beat the odds and apprehend the White Wolf—but the pirate keeps a shocking secret that leaves Picard to make a deadly decision.
The Life, World and Films of Andy Warhol
Author: Stephen Koch
Publisher: Open Road Media
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The classic study of a man who redrew the boundaries of art Andy Warhol’s work and personality changed American visual culture forever, making him an international superstar. His rise to global fame, his entanglement with the seedy New York sexual underground, and the shocking assassination attempt that almost ended his life are chronicled in Stephen Koch’s indispensible classic Stargazer. In this must-read volume, Stephen Koch provides unprecedented detail on Warhol’s life and work, giving particular attention to a medium that found Andy at his wildest: film. In one who made paradox into an art form, Koch finds that there was inspiration and brilliance on both sides of the public image that Warhol so meticulously crafted.
Author: Brett Zimmerman
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Category: Literary Criticism
Melville's passion for things astronomical is visible throughout his canon. Zimmerman places Melville's many astronomical citations within the thematic context of the works in which they appear and within the larger cultural and historical context of nineteenth-century studies. In addition he provides a comprehensive catalogue of every reference to astronomy, its practitioners, and related topics in Melville's works. Herman Melville: Stargazer will be of great interest to scholars and students of American literature as well as those interested in the relationship between science and literature.
Author: Colby Hodge
The first in a three-part, action-filled, futuristic romance-space adventure. Lilly is unsure whether Phoenix is a common criminal or her true love on their quest to save her beloved planet. Original.
Book Two The Kidnapping
Author: Barbara E Pleasant
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
The saga continues that began in Stargazer Book 1, a science fiction love story in the universal theme of Romeo and Juliet. First love, sexual tension, hidden secrets, and forbidden love for the basis of this special romance. Vanna is all set to marry Fallon, an alien from a distant planet behind the sun. Vanna’s childhood playmate Austin always thought Vanna was his girl and he planned to marry her. When she refuses his advances, he forces her to marry him by drugging and kidnapping her. That’s the only way to get his hands on the money from the diamonds Fallon brought with him to Earth, sold, and gave Vanna. With her unconscious from a chloroform-soaked rag, he takes her to a rundown fishing shack in the Charleston marshes and chains her by her ankle to a ring in the middle of the shack floor. There he plans to keep her until she agrees to marry him.